Achievements of Dr. Elba Garcia

Dr. Elba Garcia embodies a new breed of professional women. She is not just a community leader. She is also a mother and wife, a dentist with her own private practice, and a role model for women from all walks of life.

Achievements on the Dallas County Commissioners Court (2011 – Present)

  • Led the charge to have all Commissioners Court proceedings videotaped so taxpayers could see who was in attendance at meetings and how the commissioners voted on the issues before them
  • Approved (with bi-partisan support) a 'Ban the Box' hiring policy for Dallas County, which increases employment opportunities for qualified job applicants who were formerly discouraged from applying
  • Secured funds for the construction and expansion of trails throughout District 4
  • Selected to lead and spearheaded the renovation of the Dallas County Records Building complex
  • Saved taxpayers millions of dollars by fixing the county’s bail bond system
  • Championed and approved funding for a new Animal Cruelty unit created by the Dallas County District Attorney's office
  • Spearheaded the disparity study and efforts to create the county's first SBE program – the first step toward building a stronger Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) program for the future
  • Approved updating of the county’s purchasing and ethics policies
  • Accelerated completion of long-delayed Hunter-Ferrell Road in Irving and Grand Prairie
  • First Latina elected to the court

Achievements on the Dallas City Council (2001 - 2009)

  • Secured funds for Latino Cultural Center
  • Spearheaded development for new Dallas Animal Services center
  • Led development of new Oak Cliff Cultural Center
  • Collaborated with city’s Environmental Committee to institute LEED standards for all City of Dallas buildings
  • Unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas and, later, Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas, making her the first Latina to hold either position

Photograph by Christopher Longoria